ICE Quarter Horses

ICE QUARTER HORSES

So if any of you are hockey fans like us, you might be interested to know one of Canada’s most famous exports is also a big Quarter Horse enthusiast. Shane Doan, #19 and captain of the Phoenix Coyotes is the other half of ICE Quarter Horses, based out of Halkirk, Alberta. Along with Darcy and Andrea Mabbott and their family, Doan has a passion for great bloodlines and versatile equines. (Darcy and Shane are cousins). Of course, Doan’s involvement with the program mostly takes place after hockey season and his commitments on the ice are on hiatus.

On December 17, 2009, Doan played his 1,000 game with the Phoenix Coyotes at Columbus.

Doan was born in Halkirk, Alberta and drafted into the NHL in 1995-1996.

On December 26, 2009, Doan was honored for playing 1,000 NHL games before the Los Angeles Kings game at Jobing.com arena in Phoenix, AZ. A 20-minute on ice tribute took place, which included a brief speech by Doan to thank his team members, staff and family and fans for their support since he entered the NHL. He even thanked the LA kings for delaying the start time of the game!

Shane Doan was Winnipeg’s first choice (1st round, 7th overall) in the 1995 Entry Draft.

Doan’s wife Andrea, their four children and his parents joined him on the ice for the presentation, which he detailed as a rare, special occasion. A video tribute was played to congratulate #19 on the accomplishment and those commenting included: Jerome Iginla (who played junior hockey with Doan), Ed Joanovski, Matthew Lombardi, Steve Nash, Scott Neidermayer, and Keith Yandle, among others. The NHL was represented by Kris King (also a former teammate and roommate.) Doan was presented with a commemorative crystal, a career memory book, a framed photo collage and a silver stick. He was also given a Rolex watch and a saddle: gifts from his teammates.

Along with his 1,000th game, the saddle represents Doan’s time with the Winnipeg Jets and the Phoenix Coyotes and is adorned with #19 conchos.

ICE Quarter Horses will have their first annual Production Sale in Halkirk, AB, this coming September 12, 2010. So make plans to be there if you’re looking for some high quality, well-bred roping, working cow horse or ranch prospects!

Doan was unavailable for a photo, at the time.

Just kidding.

Shane Doan, along with Marcy Ver Meer and her mother, Betty and I. This was Betty’s  very first hockey game! GO COYOTES!!

Check back to MY STABLE LIFE tomorrow, for a chance to win an autographed Shane Doan jersey!

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